While women were constantly at the butt end of jokes on weight in the past decades, male privilege itself seems to be causing the delay in the body positivity movement for male bodies. It’s 2019, and we’ve only just heard of another valuable male model, David Fadd—African British plus-size model and social media influencer. Despite there being major fashion bloggers for men of all sizes, the representation for men just isn’t there.
Male Plus-Size Model David Fadd Encourages Male Body Positivity
Lack of male plus-size models
“Plus-size males tend to shy away,” David said in a video on BBC. “There aren’t a lot of guys that are pushing this idea of body positivity.”
If you think about it, almost every single body-positive celebrity and influencer is female. Well, it is indeed true that women’s bodies have historically been subjected to more scrutiny than men’s, but men also face constant pressures—to be stronger, taller, more masculine—and we need to make sure the body-positive movement fights against those too. “It’s so important to speak out because that’s when you’re able to move out of this sort of zone of isolation,” David said.
David Fadd has only started modeling a little over two years ago. He’s 6’4″ with a waist size of 51 inches, a size that categorized him as a plus-size model. He’s been using social media to spread the message of loving your body and skin.
Often, he gets messages from other plus-size men wishing they could be as confident as him. “In putting out so much content, I’d get a lot of messages from different plus-size guys,” David says. “They’d be like, ‘Oh, you look really, really confident. I wish I could be as confident.’ And I’m like, ‘You know, you can be. You can get to that stage where you love yourself. It is a journey, but it’s something that you genuinely can do.’”
The media tells men that they should be lean, strong, and muscular. In fact, for the last eleven years, the top grossing movies in the US have mostly been superhero movies! In these films, the “ideal” male physique is constantly reinforced to all men. To be brave, dependable, and honorable, you need big muscles. Worse, social media shows men all these guys hitting the gym, losing weight, getting ripped. You’d think it’d inspire them, but most times, it just makes them want to hide in a corner. “It’s hard to be vulnerable, and it’s sort of looked down upon as ‘Oh, having body insecurities [are] something that only, like, teenage girls go through those things.’”
David Fadd wants to get rid of this ideal of masculinity. Instead of relying on biceps and abs, “strength and power [are] in being able to own who you are as a person, understand who you are as a person, and embrace ourselves, embrace how we look, love who we are as people.”
Learning to accept yourself takes a while. David Fadd found it easy through fashion: “Plus-size men can be fashionable. I feel like it was through fashion and my style that I was able to feel more myself”
Whatever trademark or personal quirks you choose to associate your identity with, David Fadd tells men, “Be unapologetic about your approach and who you are as a person. Love what you look like.”